The Dance Marathon movement hit The George Washington University in the fall of 2013. In high school, Libby Wuller ran her own mini-marathon during high school for local charities after watching friends participate in Dance Marathon at Oklahoma State University. She saw that Dance Marathon had the power not only to save lives at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, but to change forever the hearts of the students who danced. In her first days at GW, Libby convinced a small group of friends to buy into a crazy idea-- that they could change the culture of philanthropy at GW.
With a one-thousand dollar sponsorship cheque from the Student Association (an unprecedented amount for a first-year organization), many long nights on the third floor of the Marvin Center, and a dedicated team, Dance Marathon was able to raise over $36,000 in its first year for Children’s National. With help from most of the original Steering team, DM decided to double everything in year two: the size of the committee, the amount of dancers registered, and most importantly, the amount of money raised. Over the course of years two and three, GW Dance Marathon became a top-40 national Dance Marathon program and the largest fundraiser ever on campus.
In our founding years, the GW Dance Marathon team dedicated ourselves to raising money and changing philanthropic culture, principles which remain the core of our operation.